Wexton Tours Purcellville Water Treatment Plant Boosted by ARPA

Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) toured the Purcellville Surface Water Treatment Plant on Friday, March 25 to learn how the town’s $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding will help secure the town’s drinkable water—and how much more help is needed.

More than $8 million of that funding will go toward the town’s water and sewer infrastructure, including rehabilitating the town’s J.T. Hirst reservoir, constructing a new half-million-gallon water storage tank, and replacing the water main from the water treatment plant, which is a mile from town limits on the town-owned Aberdeen property.

The half-million-gallon tank is planned to let the town take the current million-gallon tank out of service for rehabilitation—that tank has been in service since 1945. Meanwhile, the 12-inch water line from the reservoir to the town, now to be replaced, has been in service since 1961.

The plant’s staff of nine serves the town’s nearly 10,000 residents and Woodgrove High School, and can treat almost 600,000 gallons of water in day. But some of the equipment in the more than 30-year-old water treatment plant is so old that parts for it aren’t even made any more, Water Superintendent Bernie Snyder said. The town is still working to estimate the much larger cost of replacing the water treatment plant.

“It’s amazing what they’ve managing to do with some equipment that is rapidly aging, and no longer state of the art. I’m glad that ARPA has been able to help them so far, but it seems that they’re going to need some more help,” Wexton said after the tour.

Wexton pointed ahead to funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law late last year.

“There’s so much need around the country, and I think that the infrastructure bill will go a long way to help take care of some of these really acute projects, but a lot of it’s going to come down to making sure that the state distributes it fairly,” Wexton said.

7 thoughts on “Wexton Tours Purcellville Water Treatment Plant Boosted by ARPA

  • 2022-03-25 at 6:15 pm
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    I admire Rep. Jennifer Wexton. The harpies are out to get her. But I think she does a lot for Loudoun. She’s very attuned to all segments of society. And she’s a great champion of the underdog. Since most Americans root for the underdog, I think Rep. Wexton will do just fine in the November election. Welcome to Spring Loudoun!

  • 2022-03-26 at 7:09 am
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    So from the sounds of the article our already outrageous cost of water is going to get worse. Something has to be done, what they charge for water is insane. More than a car payment.

  • 2022-03-27 at 4:12 am
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    Did anyone inquire of Rep. Wexton regarding the “transitory” inflation we have been experiencing and the impact of printing more money to flood the economy?

    Projects like the one noted in the article are great, but there is a price tag.

  • 2022-03-27 at 9:55 am
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    Your are so right. And the irresponsible tax cut that was passed in 2017…the one that was supposed to add 1.8 trillion to the government’s coffers ended up ballooning the deficit by hundreds of billions. We need to fix that before the pigs at the trough begin talking about making those disastrous cuts permanent.

    • 2022-03-30 at 9:57 am
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      Please provide a mathematical formula to define “fair share.” Every person who makes claims like the one you just did always has the viewpoint you just shared and always forgets that to receive a tax cut you must be paying taxes. The bottom two quintiles (lower 40%) of wage earners pay zero federal income taxes as it is.

      The problem we have is not revenue. It is out-of-control SPENDING. Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for this. Until we get control of spending and the budget we are going to have problems.

  • 2022-03-27 at 11:30 am
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    If Wexton were a “Champion of the Underdog” she would be focusing on efforts to reduce inflation and the price of oil instead of focusing on one of the many reasons that placed the citizens in this position – ArPA spending. She is as disconnected with the people she serves as many of members of the democratic party. The democrats need have more sense like Joe Manchin does.

    • 2022-03-30 at 9:33 am
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      Joe Manchin knows he is the only Democrat who can win statewide office in West Virginia right now, so he is motivated to protect himself. As for Wexie, she does her job well representing Nancy Pelosi and George Soros on behalf of VA 10.

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